I want to hear a fire in authors’ voices today. Writers create work not only because it has meaning on a page; the sound of the words has meaning on its own. I want us all to hear their words as writers hear them internally.
The short answer of why I started Anobium, an independent publishing venture, is because I was anxious. Anxiety is a predecessor to boredom, and I wasn't ready to give up so easily as that. It was the fall of 2010.
You, reader, are looking at this sentence. You know the letters. You recognize the words. You understand the flow of the paragraph. By now, perhaps, you are wondering where it is going.
Because you can do all of these things, you are in the 47% of Chicago’s adult population who read at or above the fourth grade level.
Consider, for a moment, what it is like to be in the 53% that do not.
If you want to build an audience, you have to put in the work. I nurse Essay Fiesta like a baby. I spend hours a week working on the series. I do all our marketing, from press releases to Facebook to the blog and newsletter. I love doing it, but it's not something that runs itself.